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Kate Newby Wins Walters Prize 2012

 Kate Newby, represented in the Chartwell Collection, has been awarded the 2012 Walters Prize. See her Collection works here.

The $50,000 Walters Prize is awarded for an outstanding work of contemporary New Zealand art produced and exhibited during the past two years. Newby was nominated by the jury for Crawl out your window, her 2010 solo exhibition at Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst (GAK), Bremen.

At the award dinner the international judge Mami Kataoka (Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo, Japan), made the following statement:

While Newby's work is probably the least eloquent by making minimal interventions into the given space it embraces memories of locations, her personal gestures and subtle actions, which viewers can relate to through small objects embedded into the concrete ramp and the materiality of the suspended fabric.

More importantly, the use of natural light and the way the work gradually crawls out of the museum space is the most reserved but radical way of transcending the fixed architectural space for contemporary art, liberating us towards wider universal space. The colour yellow emphasizes the cognition for the light and the space and the whole installation offers the physical experience and awareness of both void and silence. This decision is derived from my attempt to evoke a state of equilibrium in our ever competitive and hierarchical society and its abiding belief in power.

The Walters Prize exhibtion is on display at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki in the Level Two Chartwell Galleries until 11 November 2012.

Kate Newby (1979 Auckland, New Zealand) graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts MFA program in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include: I’m just like a pile of leaves, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, supported by the Chartwell Trust; I’ll follow you down the road, Hopkinson Cundy, Auckland; and Crawl out your window, GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen. Selected group exhibitions include: Melanchotopia, Witte de With, Rotterdam; Bas Jan Ader: Suspended between Laughter and Tears, Museo de Arte Zapopan (MAZ), Guadalajara; The Future is Unwritten, The Adam Art Gallery, Wellington; and Show me, don’t tell me, Witte de With, Brussels Biennial 1, Brussels.

Earlier this year Newby undertook a residency at ISCP, New York during which time she completed two temporary public commissions: All Parts. All the time., Olive St Garden and Cooper Park, Brooklyn, and How funny you are today New York, Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn. Newby is currently an artist in residence at Fogo Island Arts Corportation, Newfoundland.







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